ASSANGE LEAKS

Wikileaks released a ton of classified material this past weekend giving a bitter sweet end to the Thanksgiving Holiday and giving a seemingly happy boost to Julian Assange’s world wide profile.

And apparently the most damaging leaks are yet to come.

Assange claims that what he has presented is evidence of war or humanitarian crimes and even has demanded that Hilary Clinton resign because she allegedly asked Diplomats to spy on other Diplomats. Now last time I checked Assange is not a U.S. citizen and certainly doesn’t have the power to force Clinton to resign – nor really the influence. And the concept of Diplomats sometimes being spies is fairly old. In fact most spy movies at one point or another have a spy pretending to be a diplomat. Maybe Assange doesn’t watch movies….

As to the leaks and so called evidence of wrong doing – so far I haven’t seen much more outside of a bit of gossip (someone’s opinion of say the Italian or UN leadership) and fairly normal things one would assume happen during a war or even during clandestine operations. Now to be fair I haven’t read all of the documents and am merely reacting to what I’m reading being reported in the media.

What is Assange’s goal? To embarrass? And how does that save lives? He claims he wants openness but the reaction to the leaks has been one of Governments clamping down on their information flow – which to me seems antithetical to what Assange says he wants – which would be transparency. Now, because of Assange, Governments are less likely to open up any cracks into their business and more likely to be even more secretive.

That which you resist persists. Maybe Assange hasn’t learned about that concept.

And Assange and those who support him seem to not understand that all governments not only have a right to have spies and diplomats but have a right to keep their work secretive if they chose. Everyone spies on everyone – it’s what keeps us, and this may sound odd, honest. The hidden set of checks and balances in the world – spying. Mutual assured destruction but instead of nuclear weapons the weapon is information.

Some argue that because the Obama administration was trying to block the release of the documents that that is some sort of evidence that they are wanting to hide something.

They are of course – that’s why they stamp Secret and Classified on all those folders!

Any administration would try to keep them from getting released. International diplomacy is fragile and takes time. Time to build trust. Time to find ways to broker peaceful solutions. The information leaked has nothing damning, nor illegal really, nor surprising to even the average T.V. viewer – but it does hurt international relations and make it less likely that governments will feel comfortable working together. It erodes trust. Not because of what’s in the leaks – Assange should pay attention here – but because of the leaks.

That which you resist, persists.